7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace
Nov12

7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace

Guest Blog by Keith Tully, partner at Real Business Rescue (part of Begbies Traynor Group plc).   Keith has more than 25 years’ experience advising company directors and shareholders on a range of business matters including cash flow concerns, raising finance, and HR issues.   Our ‘always on’ working culture and sometimes unrealistic expectations of employees, has led to mental well-being in the workplace becoming a significant issue...

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International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence
Nov07

International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence

To mark International Stress Awareness Week (5th to 9th November),  mental health charity, Mind, is calling for employers to talk about stress in the workplace and to encourage staff to share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.   Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence supports this advice especially given new research from Canada Life[i] which highlighted that ‘presenteeism’ is on the rise in the UK with over...

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More than two thirds of students and graduates say they are not completely mentally healthy, according to new survey from CMHA
Oct25

More than two thirds of students and graduates say they are not completely mentally healthy, according to new survey from CMHA

A new report from the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) has revealed worrying stats about the mental health of students and graduates in the UK. CMHA, an alliance of 24 City businesses which aim to create mentally healthy workplaces, has identified the need for business to do more to support early careers jobseekers who are entering the workforce for the first time.     Of the 519 UK graduates and students surveyed planning to apply...

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How businesses can best ensure a healthy work/life balance is met
Oct24

How businesses can best ensure a healthy work/life balance is met

There is a clear presenteeism problem in UK business, in the financial and professional services sectors in particular. Without structured initiatives to ensure the proper work life balance is adopted by staff, there is a real danger that this can lead to sluggish productivity and impact the quality of work as staff come under undue pressure to deliver.     As business structures evolve and younger employees make up a greater share of...

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Dismissed unfairly? Your legal options explained
Oct04

Dismissed unfairly? Your legal options explained

Losing your job is undoubtedly one of the most unpleasant and stressful experiences that anyone can go through. But the sense of frustration and confusion is only magnified if you believe that you were unfairly fired or let go by your employer. But rather than letting these feelings manifest as anger and regret, it is important to look into your legal options. If you were dismissed unfairly from your job this could potentially have...

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Office bliss becomes a reality as new index shows 75% of us are happy in the workplace
Oct03

Office bliss becomes a reality as new index shows 75% of us are happy in the workplace

New research by serviced office specialist, Workthere, has found that three in four UK office workers (75%) describe the reality of their office lives as ‘happy’.   The survey of 1,000 office workers, commissioned by Workthere and conducted by independent research company Sapio, reveals the top moments of happiness and biggest pet peeves in the office. The ‘Office Happiness Index’ found that 4 of the top 5 moments that contribute most...

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How to Keep Remote Workers Engaged
Oct01

How to Keep Remote Workers Engaged

As a business owner or HR manager, you’ll have no doubt found that worker engagement can blow just as hot and cold as the weather we’re having at the moment. When employees are riding high, they’re productive, motivated and happy, but all too often, all it takes is a little knock to their confidence and they’re back down to earth with a bump.     When dealing with remote employees, maintaining a consistent level of engagement can be...

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UK Employees Are Looking to Move Roles Because Of Increased Optimism Towards UK Job Market, According to Gartner
Sep26

UK Employees Are Looking to Move Roles Because Of Increased Optimism Towards UK Job Market, According to Gartner

A higher number of UK employees are looking to change jobs in light of optimistic perceptions of business conditions, according to Gartner, Inc. The latest Global Talent Monitor report for 2Q18 shows that 18.8 per cent of UK employees indicated a very low intent to stay in their current role, the second highest after India (40 per cent), and higher than the global average of nearly 12 per cent.     This is the first time since Brexit...

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Young and old: Getting the benefits from a diversely aged workforce
Sep20

Young and old: Getting the benefits from a diversely aged workforce

Guest Blog by Aliya Vigor- Robertson, co-founder of JourneyHR   In the UK, the older demographic is rising. In just 10 years, we’ll see the number of over-50s increase to around 27 million. As a result, there’s a growing trend of older, pre-retirement applicants looking to re-enter the workplace or reskill in their current role.   Although it should be easy to see the value that these experienced workers can bring to a company,...

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Employers urged to consider both organisational and job engagement
Sep19

Employers urged to consider both organisational and job engagement

Organisations need to distinguish between employees’ engagement with their job and engagement with the organisation if they are to improve the employee experience and their overall competitive advantage, a new research paper shows.   Published by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), the paper highlights that traditional, one-dimensional views of engagement fail to make a distinction between job and organisational engagement,...

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Onboarding temporary employees: techniques for happier staff and faster value
Sep03

Onboarding temporary employees: techniques for happier staff and faster value

Guest Blog By Vincent Brown, Robert Half Vice President of temporary staffing for the UK   Temporary employees act as a powerhouse to help obliterate large workloads or to fill the gaps in your hiring plan. Because they aren’t permanent members of the team, some employers may delay start dates or skip onboarding processes which might otherwise produce far better staff performance.     Don’t wait to get temporary employees in   Our...

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Employers Urged To Step Up Workplace Support As 6.4 Million Over-50s Work Longer
Aug21

Employers Urged To Step Up Workplace Support As 6.4 Million Over-50s Work Longer

Longer working lives have become a reality for millions, yet a significant number of over-50s feel unsupported in the workplace, according to new findings1 from Aviva which highlight the need for UK businesses to boost support for their older workforce. Almost two thirds (63%) of the 10.2 million over-50s in work2 – equivalent to 6.4 million people – are planning to retire later than they thought they would 10 years ago. Many of them...

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Managing and supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse
Aug16

Managing and supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse

Guest Blog by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price   Most employers strive to create a happy and positive working environment, ensuring staff remain safe and protected whilst they undertake their work duties. However, for a significant number of workers, the threat of domestic abuse in their personal lives often looms large once they return home. With this in mind, there are several measures employers can take to...

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Why a healthy dose of competition is good for your career
Jul06

Why a healthy dose of competition is good for your career

Guest Blog by By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   Most of us can probably agree that coming up against competition brings out a very different side to our personalities. Rivalries for promotions, pitches or new roles can push us to be more productive and to produce stronger work.     Experts believe that being competitive in business drives creativity and helps refine skills like a willingness to push boundaries,...

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Managing staff who are ill
Jun20

Managing staff who are ill

With the recent figures showing that out of 1000 surveyed companies, 86% of observed staff attended work ill, demonstrating the importance of ensuring employees are firstly, well enough to work productively, but secondly are happy to come into work.   As a manager, CEO or team leader, overlooking employee health is vital and as staff return from illness absences’, it should be within your best interest to ensure they are healthy...

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